Fourth of July Activities in Fort Pierre

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Fort Pierre Mayor Gloria Hanson invites residents and visitors to enjoy all the Independence Day activities taking place in Fort Pierre this weekend. 

Fireworks:  Hours of Sale and Discharge

June 29-July 2 and July 5         9 am – 10:30 pm

July 3 & 4                                9 am – midnight

No Bottle Rockets or Sky Lanterns


4th of July Rodeo – Stanley County Fairgrounds


Sunday, July 3              10 am              (Slack)

Sunday, July 3              7 pm                Performance

Monday, July 4            7 pm                Performance (fireworks following performance)


4 on the 4th Race


Preregistrations:  Visit Facebook page for details (


Race starts:  8:00 am CDT

Four-mile walk/run that starts and ends at corner of Deadwood & Main in Fort Pierre


Registration is $25.00 per person.  Children 12 and under are free. 


4th of July Parade


Note:  More horses and riders are needed to carry the 50 state flags in the parade.  Please call Darby Nutter (605-319-6071) or Vern Thorson (605-280-6213).


The parade planning committee named City Superintendent Vernon Thorson as this year’s Parade Marshall in recognition of his coordination of the July 4th parade for 24 consecutive years!


Parade entries can be pre-registered by noon on Friday July 1st.  Form is available at City Office or on City web site.


Line-up                        8:00 to 9:30 a.m. July 4           (take gravel road east side of Tiger’s Tap)

Parade begins             10:00 CDT July 4


Awards for Most Patriotic, Best Horse Drawn, Most Humorous, Best South Dakota Pride, Best Fort Pierre Pride, and Best Antique Vehicle. 


No water cannons or large water guns on floats.  No personal vehicles allowed to park in parade staging area.


            Hanson said, “We welcome visitors to join us on this special holiday.  Please be a good neighbor and follow the fireworks discharge hours.  Also, extra dumpsters are being made available in various areas of the city.  Please allow spent fireworks to cool and then dispose of the litter appropriately.”


            Happy Independence Day! 

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